The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) says there’s still time to join its annual Light The Night fundraising campaign, which aims to help blood cancer patients nationwide and illuminate paths to cures.
Light The Night is a series of 150 evening walks held across North America each fall. Walks are scheduled through Feb. 16, 2019.
Registration as an individual, community member, or corporate team is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds through a fundraising page, social media, or simply by requesting support. Participants may join an existing team or create their own. To register, for more information, or to find a walk nearby, go here.
As part of the walks, blood cancer survivors will partake in an uplifting ceremony within the “survivor circle,” during which lanterns are pointed up toward the sky, bringing light to darkness. Those who have died from cancer will be honored at the Remembrance Pavilion where tributes may be left.
Thousands of national partners, sponsors and corporate teams have teamed with LLS to fund blood cancer research and patient support, including Burlington Stores, Pharmacyclics, Janssen, Walgreens and the Wawa Foundation.
“The Light The Night campaign is the perfect platform for industry partners, as it allows them to bring their messages of support directly to blood cancer communities across the country,” LLS President and CEO Louis J. DeGennaro said in a press release.
For the 17th straight year, Burlington Stores will serve as the campaign’s chief corporate sponsor. By asking store patrons at checkout to donate at least $1, the retailer has raised more than $32 million to help fund cancer research and patient care. This year’s effort includes 645 store locations nationwide, and will run through Dec. 1. Go here to find a store.
Over the years, thousands of Burlington employees have participated in Light The Night events.
Pharmacyclics and Janssen are LLS’s National Presenting Sponsors of Survivorship and Hope. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union is the society’s most long-standing partner.
Founded in 1949, the LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Since 1982, the organization has raised $86 million to support its mission.